A Far Country: A Novel by Daniel Mason

By Daniel Mason

From the bestselling writer of The Piano Tuner, a gorgeous novel a couple of younger girl's trip via an unlimited, unnamed nation looking for her brother.

Fourteen-year-old Isabel was once born in a distant village with the reward and curse of "seeing farther." while drought and warfare grip the backlands, her brother Isaias joins an excellent exodus to a teeming urban within the south. quickly Isabel needs to keep on with, leaving behind the single domestic she's ever recognized, her sole comfort the idea of being together with her brother again.

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K. Ramanujan, "Repetitionin the Mababbata," in &hqys mi theMahabbarata,ed. Arvind Shanna (Laden: E. 3. Brill, 1991), 426 While western scholars have been busy for close to two centuries attempting to interpret the "Great Epic,"Hbe tradition that produced it unapologetically continues to keep the =bharata alive and dynamic. The profusion of recensions that vex the academic is vibrant testimony to the texfs powerful vitality. V. S. "5~ Although much has been lost irretrievably, a long tradition of Indian poetics attests to an ancient and abiding concern with the forms and purposes of literature.

N,which xmdcd the cuhination of nbtemth century s c ~ I ~ h ibroadly p, divided the lb&M"barata into epic and later didactic elements. Hopkins' analysis, supported by his impressive erudition,received wide acceptance. Three quarters of a century later, van Buitenen would adopt the premise that there was once a true epic around which a pseudoepic gradually agglutinated. Van Buitenen claims that Hopkins' views "have since been Iargeiy, i f tacitly, accepted by ~ c h o l a r s h i p , " and ~ ~ his own "perimeters" illustrate vividly how thoroughly van Buitenen himself accepted them.

18 180- 18970) cited in: Winteraitz, A Histmy ofIndian Literature, 306. Hopkins, The GreatEpic& H a , 58. 44 Wintemitz, A HisttsyofIndianLiterntare, 300. 45 aren S6rensen(1848-1902), for instance, eliminated what he considered 'recent"additions, arriving at about 27,000 verses from 100,000. From these he eliminated a fJrtber 20,000 based on names he believed were not present in the original, amongAemKfs^andV~SikenSAiensen,QmM^iftAaratebS~iOeoAd&te fitera- I. f b m o g ~ dat ~ d s ~de~eldste a~e (Copenhagen: Rudolf Klein, 1883).

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